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Old 02-21-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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Where is the ammonia?

So I bought the 65 gallon tank Friday. It was established 6 years, but badly abused (If you read the thread you know). I set it up with new sand, new bio balls, and I couldn't save any of that putrid water. I finally have my salinity in line, no nitrate, nitrites, Ph is perfect, but here is the problem NO AMMONIA. Shouldn't the mature rock be essentially starting a cycle as though the tank was being set up for the first time? Or will this not happen because the rock is obviously cured and has been submerged for 6 years, I transported all of the rock fully submerged in SW.

I don't want to put my livestock in the tank and then it starts cycling and kills off everything. Does anyone know what's going on?
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The live rock will die off creating ammonia but they may take a little while and wont produce a lot. You need to put a raw piece of shrimp or something in there to get it started. Or some will say dont do this but with a lot of cured live rock and a big tank you could prob get away with adding a single fish, this will create some ammonia. Essentially what you are doing is just moving a tank. Very little people do a new cycle when they move or upgrade to a new tank anyway.
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Yeah I just moved it, but I dumped all of the water and she had crushed coral. I dumped it as well, the only thing from the old tank is the rock, EVERYTHING else is new, new bio balls, new sand, new water, new lights, I scrubbed the sump and skimmer clean. I scrubbed the tank clean as well, there was slime algae and dead matter throughout the glass and overflow. That is why it's kind of a gray area, I'm not sure if I should expect a nitrogen cycle like a new tank, or just a small "mini" cycle. Upon re-checking the ammonia it is now showing 0.25 ppm Ammonia. So now I have some activity, I guess now I just need to monitor and once it zeros out I should be good to go.
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